Malcolm Mitchell opens up on life after football in emotional interview

Ryan Hannable
September 14, 2019 - 9:39 am

It's been a tough few years for former Patriots receiver Malcolm Mitchell.

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The wide receiver was part of the Super Bowl winning team in 2016, but then lingering knee issues forced him to miss 2017 and 2018, and then ultimately he retired March 23, 2019.

Mitchell has put out a short series on his own Instagram discussing his struggles after football, but opened up to NBC Sports' Tim Layden in an emotional interview.

"I guess I knew I would have this breakup with football, someday," Mitchell said. "I just didn't know how bad it would be on my mental health. It's like I've been reincarnated, as somebody else. And I don't want to be anybody else.

He added: "I have to move on. I know that. I have to come out of this grieving phase, and I'm working on that. I can't stay here, because if I do, I'm as good as dead."

Mitchell still loves the game, though. 

“Oh no, I still love it,” he said. “I have a girlfriend and we still play catch out in the front yard. I love the game. I really love it.”

In other interviews, Mitchell has said he's still a huge Patriots fan and watches as many games as he can.

Mitchell played in 14 career games, all in 2016.

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